Special Riga and Umea stamps issued
The stamps portray significant architectural objects of both cities – the National Library of Latvia in Riga and the contemporary art museum “Bildmuseet” in Umea.
Latvian and Swedish post operators collaborated in creating the design of the stamps and the concept was created and developed by the Swedish design company “SGC & LLLL”. The first respective envelope design was created by Latvian Post and foundation “Rīga 2014”.
Each stamp will be issued in a circulation of 300 000 units. The stamp, portraying the National Library of Latvia building, is for sending A-class letters throughout EU and it costs EUR 0.78. The stamp, honoring the contemporary art museum “Bildmuseet” in Umea, is for sending regular B-class letters in the territory of Latvia, worth EUR 0.50.
“The stamp is not only a form of payment, but also a symbol that travels the world, therefore Latvian Post tries to issue as many stamps, connected to important state events and symbols as possible, therefore promoting the recognition of Latvia around the world. Needless to say, 2014 will go in down in the history as the year when Riga was the European Capital of Culture.
With these new postcards, we are glad to honor not only Riga, but also Umea,” says Chairman of the Board of Latvian Post Arnis Salnājs.
“”Rīga 2014” is the most significant event in our country’s culture. It is an opportunity to receive international recognition for our cultural heritage and values. At the same time, it is a story of great international collaboration between the European Capitals of Culture in 2014 – Riga and Umea. The Castle of Light, which will open its doors at the beginning of this year of culture, is not only a new sign of culture in the scenery of Riga, but also a testament to the future of our culture,” stresses Head of Foundation “Rīga 2014” Diāna Čivle.
Since in 1985 the programme begun in Athens, over 40 European cities have borne the title. In 2014, the capital of Latvia, Riga, and the Swedish city Umea have selected to the European Capitals of Culture. “Rīga 2014” programme will entertain the residents and guests of Riga all year long.
The next philately edition is expected to be released on 2 February.